Don’t forget your sunglasses

Summer is here. That means the days are getting longer and the sun is getting brighter. It also means you may be getting less sleep than you did over the winter, so you might be more susceptible to stress.

If you’re like me, really bright light for a really long time is very stressful. And if you’re like me, the more tired you get, the more you’re affected by that stressor. And that makes me anxious. Agitated. Prone to freak out. Not good.

If you’re like me, you’ll make sure you always have your sunglasses with you. Even if I’m just stepping out for a quick errand, I try to always put on my sunglasses, because I’m never sure what I’m going to encounter along the way — bad traffic, mean people, unforeseen events — that might throw me into a tailspin.

The last thing I need, is being unnecessarily stressed by the bright light.

So, I make sure I wear my sunglasses.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

3 thoughts on “Don’t forget your sunglasses”

  1. I wear sunglasses all the time too! Since I wear eyeglasses, I have to either get clips to fit on my regular frames or get the kind that wrap around. Since I keep dropping and losing my clips, for the past four or five years, I’ve opted for wrap-arounds, called Cocoons (, which are made specifically for fly-fishers who wear prescription glasses. Cocoons can be ordered online, but they’re also sold a your local fly-shop.

    They come with a lifetime warranty not to break-no matter how much you bend or shape them to fit comfortably to your face. They are well-worth the investment.


  2. Hey – those are way cool. I may just get myself a pair. I know other folks who use the huge wraparounds that you can buy at chain drug stores. But they make them look like they’re about 85 years old. Not that I’ve got anything against being 85 (I plan to get there — and beyond — myself). But they don’t make a very good impression. The Cocoons, however, are really well-designed. Plus, they’re sturdy, which is a huge plus. Being accident-prone can be expensive. Looks like these might solve that problem, too 😉

    Thanks for the tip.



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